Green Build Series - Going Green, Chasing Gold- The Story Of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

Recorded On: 01/27/2015

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Session Description

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, opened August 26, 2013 in Olive Branch, MS, features several green design innovations only rarely seen in the U.S., and is currently on track for LEED Gold certification under the LEED HC rating system. If certified, it would be the first LEED HC Gold facility in the world. This presentation will address some of MOBH's most innovative green design features, including a geothermal HVAC system and dynamic, photoelectric glass that automatically adjusts its tint to reduce solar gain. Using MOBH as a case study, design team members will explain how an Integrated Project Delivery model helped the project achieve the client's high expectations for energy efficiency while still remaining under a limited budget and on a fast-track schedule - 24 months from conception to completion. Presenters will go over a series of lessons learned, ranging from the challenges of selecting the most efficient HVAC system to best practices for implementing the IPD model. Attendees will leave with concrete, practical strategies for conceptualizing, selecting and installing green design elements in their own projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine innovative green design features not yet common in the health care industry, including geothermal HVAC systems and photoelectric glass.
  • Outline best practices for HVAC selection aligning energy, maintenance and cost considerations.
  • Identify agreements and methods necessary to keep IPD projects on-budget and on-schedule.
  • Discuss how the IPD approach can facilitate more sustainable, efficient designs.


Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB, Principal-in-Charge, Gresham, Smith and Partners

Gregory A. Gore, AIA, NCARB, is a Senior Healthcare Principal for GS&P’s Nashville Design Studio. Having recently completed several greenfield and replacement hospital projects, Greg's clients have commented on his ability to blend creativity and functionality.

Greg has been involved with a diverse range of projects with clients such as HCA, CHS Ascension, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville. By exceeding expectations and project successes, ongoing partnerships have been established developing opportunities for continued GS&P involvement. He has also been successful implementing BIM and IPD methods for the new Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Methodist Olive Branch Hospital in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

With over 25 years of experience in healthcare architecture, Greg brings exceptional leadership and knowledge to every project. Greg is trusted and respected by his peers, truly displaying a team atmosphere when it comes to working with all members of the project team. Greg is an AIA Member, as well as a registered architect in nine states.

David Zegley AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Project Architect, Gresham, Smith & Partners

David Zegley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an architect in GS&P’s Healthcare market. David has more than 7 years of experience designing for a wide variety of healthcare clients, with a focus on sustainability and green design. Outside of the office, he enjoys designing and building furniture and spending time with his family.

Eric Sheffer, LEED AP, Principal/Sustainability, Smith Seckman Reid Facilities Commissioning

At SSRCx, a facilities commissioning and sustainability consulting firm, Eric manages a team of building performance and sustainability professionals who work with contractors, designers, and owners to build and maintain more sustainable facilities. His expertise is collaborating with project teams to achieve the performance goals and a high quality and environmentally sound building within the project’s design, operational, and budgetary parameters. Eric has worked on healthcare, corporate, and institutional projects for private, state, and federal clients.

Eric began working with the sustainability of buildings and campuses while in graduate school at the Pennsylvania State University where he was involved in the research and writing of the Penn State Indicators sustainability report & manual. He worked in the design and construction of light commercial and green residential projects for several years. Eric serves as an adjunct lecturer on Building Systems and LEED® for Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School


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Green Build Series - Going Green, Chasing Gold- The Story Of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
60 Minutes Live event: 01/27/2015 at 2:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.